Raiders release Henry Ruggs III
Former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henri Ruggs III was released from the team following his involvement in an early Tuesday morning car crash in Las Vegas that left a woman dead.
Ruggs will be charged with impaired driving resulting in death and reckless driving resulting in death or grievous bodily harm, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Ruggs and his girlfriend, Kiara Kilgo-Washington, were first taken to university medical center with “serious” injuries, after firefighters discovered the woman who died in the crash.
Police later said the injuries were not life threatening and Ruggs was released from hospital.
After being released, he was jailed ahead of a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Police say Ruggs “showed signs of impairment” after crashing his Chevrolet Corvette into the victims Toyota Rav4, which then caught fire, killing the woman.
The possible sentence for a DUI causing death is two to 20 years in state prison, while for reckless driving it is one to six years, with probation available.
Ruggs’ attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said they would investigate the crash on behalf of their client and “ask everyone to reserve their judgment until all the facts are gathered.”
The Raiders’ first-round pick in 2020, Ruggs had 24 catches for 469 yards and two touchdowns this season to help the Raiders to a 5-2 record.
He was tied for second in the NFL in yards-per-catch average at 19.5 and led the Raiders in receiving yards this season.
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